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US$2000 work/research/gaming PC

This will be my first built. I don't have any experience but have been reading a lot for the last year or so. I already prepare my project, but I would like to know if there is any bottleneck or I could save some money with a different choice.

Thanks in advance.

Approximate Purchase Date: Beginning of July, 2012.

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Budget Range: Around US$2000.

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System Usage from Most to Least Important: I am taking a PhD right now and I am building this computer mostly for research. Basically, I write a lot of programs in C++ and whenever is possible I use OpenMP for parallel computing. I want eyefinity because very often I'm writing something in Latex, running some code (possibly with some figures) and with a web browser open. That's why I want a video card that I can connect 3 monitors. If possible I also want to connect a 3d TV. Gaming is not a priority, but for sure I will also use the pc for gaming :D .

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Parts Not Required: I need everything :(.

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Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I like newegg.com. But it is not like I need to buy from them.

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Country: PA - USA

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Parts Preferences: Here it is what I have in mind.

Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E ($499.99)
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0376493

Mother Board: ASRock X79 Extreme3 LGA 2011 ($209.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157287

Video Card: XFX HD-687A-ZHFC Radeon HD 6870 ($179.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150561

HDMI adapter for eyefinity: POWERCOLOR Video Adapter ACTIVE Mini DisplayPort to DVI-D Interface ($24.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815309008

Monitor: Acer S220HQLAbd Black 21.5" 5ms LED Backlight ($119.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009316

Memory: G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1600 ($114.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231516

SSD: Plextor M3 Series PX-128M3 2.5" 128GB SATA III ($129.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249014

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Green WD3200AZRX 320GB ($74.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236181

Case: COOLER MASTER Storm Enforcer ($79.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119240

PSU: COOLER MASTER Silent Pro RSA00-AMBAJ3-US 1000W ($174.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817171049

CPU Cooler: ZALMAN CNPS9900MAX-B 135mm Long life bearing CPU Cooler Blue LED ($73.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118074

Memory Cooler: G.SKILL FTB-3500C5-D Fans ($14.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835236002

Blu-Ray Burner: LG Black Blu-ray Burner WH14NS40 - OEM ($79.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136250

Kerboard: Rosewill Mechanical Keyboard RK-9000 with Cherry MX Blue Switch ($79.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823201040

Mice: COOLER MASTER CM Storm Xornet ($29.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826570014

Web Cam: Logitech C310H USB 2.0 HD ($39.99)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826104628

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Overclocking: Yes, the CPU and the memory. I am not planning to overclock the video card.

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SLI or Crossfire: Not sure.

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Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

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Additional Comments: Everything now is about $2170. So if you can help me to get it in $2000 would be great!
Before my choice was the Intel Core i7-3770K instead of the Intel Core i7-3930K. It would save me some money. What do you guys think in terms of performance? The difference would be too much? I prefer the Core i7-3930K because it has 6 cores.

Thanks for the help,

Bruno.
8 answers Last reply Best Answer
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  1. The proformance increase is there but minimal. With that you can bring down the cost of your CPU and Motherboard. You might want to go down to the i5 3570k and put the money towards the video card.
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    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121637
  2. Best answer
    I would suggest the Crucial M4 its a faster ssd
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    Everything else is fine
  3. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/9lLp

    if you prefer some more silence, you can get 2 fractal silent series for the h80 cooler. the stock fans are jet engines.

    this is micro-atx so you can save some space.

    the mushkin chronos deluxe will give you much more speed than most drives and lots of storage for cheap

    if you dont need windows 7 pro, jut get the regular
  4. logan77 said:
    The proformance increase is there but minimal. With that you can bring down the cost of your CPU and Motherboard. You might want to go down to the i5 3570k and put the money towards the video card.
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    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116504

    Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121637


    Do you think it worth? Because gaming is my least priority. I am afraid if I do what you say I will end up with a great gaming pc but not that good for my research :( .


    Anonymous said:
    I would suggest the Crucial M4 its a faster ssd
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148442

    Everything else is fine


    Looks good. But the one I put has $30 rebate. But if it is faster I will consider, I also don't know if I can trust in the rebate.
  5. Pro helps when you are using more than 16Gb of RAM.
  6. check out mine
  7. Best answer selected by brunost.
  8. Get this SSD, its cheaper per Gigabyte and also faster

    Kingston Hyperx 3k 240 GB $192 Make sure you clip the coupon for the correct price to show in cart
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007R9N0O0/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?t=slicinc-20&tag=slicinc-20&ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
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